NOC SOCCER SOPHS SIGN FOR NEXT LEVEL
“Today is a great day for Northern Oklahoma College and the Women’s Soccer program,” declared Josh Smith, head women’s soccer coach, as he announced that four of his Lady Mavs had signed Feb. 10 to play at the next level.
The four sophomores, all of whom have played for two years at NOC Tonkawa, are Sarah Blakley, a center back from Enid; Alma Figueroa, center midfielder/forward, Kaufman, Texas; Caroline Loyd, center midfielder, Durant; and Thirley Rodriguez, center midfielder, Forney, Texas.
Blakley, a two-time OCAC All-Conference selection, started all 43 games in her college career. She led a defense that gave up just 24 goals in 43 matches, including only 8 goals in 20 games her sophomore year, while posting 3 goals and 2 assists.
A sophomore team captain, Blakley has signed to play at Missouri Western State University for Coach Chad Edwards. She will pursue a degree in Physical Therapy.
Figueroa and Rodriguez have inked with the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma to play for Coach Jimmy Hampton.
Named the NJCAA Region II Tournament MVP, Figueroa appeared in 43 games and made 40 starts. She posted 15 goals and 14 assists and contributed to an offense that scored 78 goals her first year and 92 goals her second year.
Rodriguez was selected as OCAC All-Conference and was twice named to the NJCAA Region II Tournament All-Tournament Team. During her college career she made 41 starts in 42 game appearances, posting 2 goals and 9 assists as well as contributing to the team’s defense and offense records.
Figueroa plans to work toward a degree in a dental field and Rodriguez will major in Health, Physical Education and Recreation.
Loyd has decided to play at East Central University for Coach Riley Bailey. A team captain as a sophomore, she appeared in 43 games, starting in 23 of them. While contributing to her team’s defense and offense records, she totaled 3 goals and 5 assists. She will work toward a degree in Physical Therapy.
“All four have been instrumental to the success of both of our nationally ranked seasons,” Smith said. “They saw an OCAC title and two NJCAA Region II titles. Their work ethic, positive attitudes and dedication are examples of the types of athletes we want at Northern. Their commitments show that their hard work and dedication have paid off. We are excited to send these four players on to these three schools.”
Posted on Fri, March 25, 2016
by Jeremy Hise